Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
Parts used: The whole herb
Passion flower has a tranquilizing effect, including mild sedative and anti-anxiety effects. The sedative effect of Passion flower has made it popular for treating a variety of ailments, including nervousness and insomnia. In Europe it is prescribed to treat children that suffer from hyperactivity, in the Yucatan is it also prescribed to treat such afflictions as insomnia, hysteria and convulsions.
It has been used to treat people suffering from synthetic sleeping pills and tranquilizers. It has been shown to help soothe the nervous system. Unlike man-made sleeping aids it does not cause depression or disorientation. Some herbalists have prescribed an decoction of Passion Flower as an eyewash to kill bacteria that cause eye irritation. In some areas it has surpassed eyebright for use in inflamed eyes and even dimness of vision. Another belief is that it can even help prevent a heart attack.
Asthma, Convulsions, Diarrhea, Epilepsy, Eye Infections, Eye Strain, Eye Tension, Fevers, Headaches, High Blood Pressure, Hysteria, Insomnia, Menopause, Menstruation, Muscle Spasms, Nervous Disorders, Neuralgia, Pain, Vision Problems